Measure 114, which bans the sale of magazines holding more than 10 rounds, passed by a slim margin this week, and many law enforcement officials are not pleased.
“I want to send a clear message to Linn County residents that the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is NOT going to be enforcing magazine capacity limits,” Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan said in a Facebook post.
“This measure is poorly written and there is still a lot that needs to be sorted out regarding the permitting process, who has to do the training and what exactly does the training have to cover.”
In the wake of the measure’s passage, other sheriffs have echoed Duncan’s sentiment.
“As Union County Sheriff I agree 100% with Sheriff Duncan! This is an infringement on our constitutional rights and will not be enforced by my office,” Union County Sheriff Cody Bowen said in a post. “This measure will only harm law abiding gun owners and result in wasted time with additional redundant background checks.”
Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe does not plan to enforce the magazine limit, and, when he was asked if he had the power to ignore the measure, he said, “I don’t think this is superseding anything. I don’t believe that I am superseding state law by not enforcing it. Anybody in law enforcement, including the state police, including the governor, has to pick and choose what laws they are going to be able to enforce.”
Still, Wolfe said he would not stand in the way of the portion of the measure that requires permits for people to buy firearms.